Our Committees

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Committees are made up of local leaders wanting to connect, engage, and make a difference.

Participating in committees are the best way to assist the VHEDC in carrying out its mission. Committees provide opportunities to work side by side with our business leaders in the community across multiple industries with the goal of enhancing the local business vitality. Most committees meet once a month year round.  Event committees are active during different parts of the year depending on the event.

Most committees meet once a month year round.  Event committees are active during different parts of the year depending on the event. Please contact committee chairs of the VHEDC Executive Director for more information.

VHEDC Committees

We are community members invested in promoting the business vitality of the local trade area by developing strong relationships with current and potential VHEDC investors, highlighting their successes,and promoting the trade area.

Committee Chair: Kyle Sommer

We are community members invested in promoting the business vitality of the local trade area by providing business resources and technical assistance.

Committee Chair: Debby Gustafson

We provide investing businesses and other business leaders in the area the opportunities to network, meet, celebrate, and contribute the VHEDC organization through annual events such as the Keith Warner Memorial Golf Tournament, Annual Dinner event, Taking Care of Business event, and the Northeast Metro Business Expo.

Golf Tournament Chair: Kevin Whelan

Annual Dinner Co-Chairs: Marguerite DeFore and Nancy Zylla

We are community members invested in making connections that identify workforce needs and create awareness by fostering partnerships to create innovative and responsive solutions.

Committee Chair: Cindy O’Donovan, Rigth 4 Your Business

Members: Karyn Berg (Ramsey County Workforce Solutions), Nancy Clunis (Fresh Paint), Steve Moeller (The Specialty Manufacturing, Co.), Larry Raddatz (Century College), Joy Vander Heiden (Schwing America),

The Executive Committee is made of up the officers of the VHEDC Board of Directors. Their responsibilities include:

  • Review VHEDC board agenda prior to Board meetings
  • Assist the Executive Director in strategy planning and consideration of new initiatives and activities before they are brought to the Board
  • Forward a proposed budget to the full Board for approval.
  • Conduct an Annual Review of the Executive Director

Committee Chair: Kevin Whelan, VHEDC President

The City Center Task Force is comprised of local business leaders operating businesses in the City Center area of Vadnais Heights as well as local government representatives. The group works on projects to enhance the economic vitality of the City Center area.

Task Force Contact: Ling Becker, VHEDC Executive Director

We are committed to providing professional education and enrichment opportunities to the local business community. We focus on having businesses share best practices, ideas, and challenges with one another.

Committee Co-Chairs: Marty Welch and Kris Diemer

VHEDC Committees

  • Most committees meet monthly.
  • Opportunity to meet alongside other business leaders in the community.
  • Provide a great way to contribute to the economic vitality of the area.
  • Get more involved in the ongoing initiatives of the VHEDC and help charts the future.
  • Get the most of your VHEDC investment and get involved!
The biggest benefit to being on the Workforce Action Committee is right in the title – we are a committee of action! In my first year we held 3 community roundtable discussions regarding the disconnect between available workers and many job openings in manufacturing and as skilled laborers. From those discussions we have implemented 2 of the solutions and are moving ahead on several more. The knowledge I’ve gained about so many different community resources has greatly benefited my company, especially in our efforts to find quality employees in this tight labor market. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention VHEDC Executive Director, Ling Becker’s excellent skills at connecting people and getting things done.
Nancy Clunis, Marketing Manager, Fresh Paint, Inc.

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